I.”The poem reminds us that we can’t know the future, that we’re locked in the present moment, that snow is covering the dangerous highway, preventing us from seeing into what-happens-next.” Kevin Clark (along with Marjorie Sandor, Stephen Corey, & Gabriel Blackwell) dive into the work of Judith Kitchen over at Los Angeles Review of Books. There is never enough from her or about her, in my opinion.
V. Or maybe writers’ drinking habits are more inspiring to you. (But where are the women and their drinks? Someone needs to fix that.)
VII. “The way to let go of a memento seems to be to divest it of meaning, to learn to call up a memory—of an event or even just the feeling that accompanied the event—without the object to trigger it. But how do you get rid of your grandmother’s sugar bowl? In the end, I may decide that you don’t.” This beautiful and insightful essay by the (so, so nice) Jennie Goode over at Slag Glass City is a guide to pushing roots through concrete.
IX. Books are the love of my life, so I nodded through this whole article at New Republic by William Giraldi. “For readers, what they read is where they’ve been, and their collections are evidence of the trek. For writers, the personal library is the toolbox which contains the day’s necessary implements of construction—there’s no such thing as a skillful writer who is not also a dedicated reader—as well as a towering reminder of the task at hand: to build something worthy of being bound and occupying a space on those shelves, on all shelves. The personal library also heaves in reproach each time you’re tempted to grab the laptop and gypsy from one half-witted Web page to another. If you aren’t suspicious of a writer who isn’t a bibliophile, you should be”
XIII. I want to quote the whole of Mark Doty’s “In Two Seconds.” So, just go read it over at American Poetry Review. It is the most important thing you’ll do all day. Like my friend Michael said when I shared this with him, “Too many stories like this, not enough poems like this.”